Barnwell Boatworks: CONSTRUCTION

Creating Custom Projects Tailored to Exceed Customer Expectations

 

My clients are interested in custom, one-off projects ranging from row to sail to motorboats tailored to meet their unique needs and expectations.  While I am highly experienced with traditional construction methods, I also build modern composite boats, which combine layers of wood and epoxy glued together to form the hull. There’s more of a market for this hull construction in Northern Michigan where the boating season is short and people are interested in boats that require less maintenance because their boats spend more time on trailers, in and out of storage, than in the water.  Additionally, they don’t have to wait for the seams to swell when they launch the boat in spring.

 

While the computer can quickly generate plans using CAD, the traditional style of lofting is my favorite part of boat building.  Lofting requires drawing each individual piece, so I gain a better understanding of the way the boat will go together as I cut and assemble each section. I am not sure the computer would give me the same intimacy with the form and function of each piece and how they connect with one another to finish the boat.

Building Sea Sea: A 16' Runabout
Building a Runabout
Working
Working
Loft floor
Loft floor
Set-up
Set-up
Battens
Battens
Planking
Planking
Building a Tender
Plans
Plans
Molds
Molds
Plank
Plank
Stem
Stem
Clamp
Clamp
Building a Sloop
Planking hull
Planking hull
Cypress
Cypress
Upside down sailboat
Upside down sailboat
Plank fitting
Plank fitting
Right side right
Right side right
Building a Row Boat
Lining out
Lining out
Cedar Lap-strake
Cedar Lap-strake
Gains at transom
Gains at transom
Rowing station
Rowing station
Finish
Finish
Building a Picnic Launch
Planking
Planking
Deck framing
Deck framing
Priming hull
Priming hull
Deck
Deck
Rudder
Rudder
Building a Mahogany sailboat
Lines
Lines
Sailplan
Sailplan
Rivets
Rivets
Stem Gain
Stem Gain
Oak ribs
Oak ribs